Premier League Round-up: Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham secure victories.
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The excitement that comes with one of the world’s toughest leagues finally returned following a lengthy international break. Where we welcomed back stunning upsets, heaps of goals and more changes to the Premier League table. The first game of the weekend began in the nation’s capital, where newly promoted Fulham looked to spoil the unforeseen brilliant start to Watford’s season. An early goal by Andre Gray left the hosts chasing the game and Watford looked like they were to pile more positivity onto the start of their campaign. The 78th minute saw Fulham’s star
front man, Aleksander Mitrović, poach a late equaliser to help Fulham claim the point.
More drama occurred at Old Trafford where another newly promoted Championship side looked to pile further misery onto Manchester United’s shocking start. A goal from Fred just before the twenty 20-minute mark made United fans hopeful that they were turning a corner, but an equaliser came early in the second half from João Moutinho to deny the Red Devils from taking all three points.
Back in London at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace looked to see off the advances from the visiting Newcastle United with both teams looking to kick-start their Premier League season. With an awful miss from Wilfred Zaha, it was plain to see that neither side would make it onto the scoresheet and the game fizzled out with a disappointing 0-0.
Following their thrilling match up against Bournemouth the previous week where they lost 4-2 away from home, Leicester City looked to move on and claim victory against the struggling Huddersfield. An early goal from Jørgensen looked promising for Huddersfield but they failed to maintain their lead as Iheanacho, Maddison and Vardy all scored to bring the Foxes back to win 3-1.
In one of the weekends more thrilling games, title contenders and reigning champions, Manchester City, took on the newly promoted and struggling Cardiff City. A stunning performance by City saw the Agüero claim the first of many with Bernado Silva scoring an absolute screamer just moments after the first. Gündogan brought City up to three with new summer signing Riyad Mahrez finally claiming his first goal and then his second moments before the final whistle.
The other main title contenders, Liverpool, looked to maintain their perfect start, keeping as many points as they can between them and Manchester City. Southampton appeared unimpressive in their matchup against the Premier League giants, with the early own goal from Hoedt summing up their performance. Matip doubled Liverpool’s lead just after the 20th-minute mark with Mo Salah putting the game to bed just before halftime, eventually ending 3-0.
With Burnley having a very disappointing start to their season, they looked to claim their first win of the season against Bournemouth. A very impressive performance saw goals from Vydra, Lennon and a double from Barnes before the game eventually ended in a thrilling 4-0.
Following their disappointing string of games against Watford and Inter Millan, Tottenham looked to spin their luck after travelling to the south coast to take on Brighton. Starman Harry Kane put Spurs ahead with a well-placed penalty with Lamela doubling their lead late in the second half. Brighton claimed one back just before the death of the game, but it was too late to pile any more misery on Tottenham’s campaign.
Sunday saw an early London Derby take place at the London Stadium between West Ham and Chelsea. West Ham kept Hazard relatively quiet and that appeared enough to clinch the draw despite not having their star striker, Marko Arnautovic. Superb stops by Fabianski and Kepa saw the game fizzle out 0-0, a result the Hammers would be happy with and Chelsea disappointed not to have maintained their perfect start.
Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Newcastle
Leicester 3 – 1 Huddersfield
Cardiff City 0 – 5 Manchester City
Liverpool 3 – 0 Southampton
Burnley 4 – 0 Bournemouth
Brighton 1 – 2 Tottenham
West Ham 0 – 0 Chelsea
Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton
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